Ellroy Confidential is a new release of Ellroy’s interviews translated into Italian. Skilfully edited by Tommaso De Lorenzis, the book is in part an Italian version of Conversations with James Ellroy (2012). It features fifteen interviews that appeared in Conversations, conducted by such figures as Duane Tucker, Don Swaim and Craig McDonald. There are also two Ellroy interviews reprinted that I conducted myself: ‘Engaging the Horror’ and ‘The Romantic’s Code’. In addition, there is a recent interview Ellroy gave for Chris Harvey in which he discusses Perfidia. Ellroy Confidential is an impressive work, and I strongly recommend it to any Italian readers. It’s fascinating to see Ellroy’s hypnotic, rhythmical speech patterns in another language.
However, if you don’t speak Italian, treat yourself or someone special this Christmas to Conversations with James Ellroy.